My 14th Utah county high point. This is a quick and easy peak that gets you over 12,000'. I did this in conjunction with bagging Mine Camp Peak the next day.
Started at the Skyline Trail. It's just 2.5 miles to the top of Delano from there, following the flags from the Tushar Ultra Trail race. Then I headed over to Mount Holly, where there were about 50 head of mountain goats. What a gorgeous day! There were huge thunderstorms over Circleville, and southern Utah.
Beautiful hike and easy approach from the West. Camped just below at a primitive campsite between Big John Flat and Poison Creek. Nobody so far has mentioned that you start from a major ATV trail that goes across the Tushars! Not a feeling of being in remote wilderness ... Luckily, our campsite was tucked in by Griffith Creek and the ATVs/trucks were not that noticeable. Nights and mornings were completely quiet. At least they stay on the road! From Delano we hiked over to Holly and then made a big loop back to the campsite partially via Skyline Trail and cross-country. Hiked with RDB. Saw two herds of mountain goats and several elk crossing the ridge on the approach to Holly.
Surprisingly clear and direct trail to the summit from the west. Saw a young couple from St. George that just finished hiking it and watching mountain goats. I went to the summit and decided to keep going to Peak 12070. I couldn't go much further because my boots weren't broken in, yet. It was quite painful as the blisters began to form on the back of my heels. The weather was great except for the wind gusts. Amazing place with views of most of Utah!
what a lovely peak. we hiked up following directions from the GPS recommendation. beautiful sunny day, with a brisk breeze. our descent took us north toward Belknap following occasional trails along ridges and slopes eventually connecting to the forest service road somewhat below the communications outpost. we followed this back past Mud Lake to our vehicle. About 10mi roundtrip. Road conditions were good- no 4wd needed, although there were a few wet spots from recently melted snow. only regret was we saw no mountain goats.
Went up with my wife and pup. I really need to get back to the Tushars.
Been on my list for almost 20 years. Went up from Big Johns Flat. Parked the car about a mile further and found a route up the ridge. Incredible!
I had walked from Poison Spider Creek (road was gated shut) and climbed Belknap. On the return I followed the road to the radio tower, then down to Mud lake where an old gated closed road appeared. I followed the old road for awhile then b-lined to the peak, which involved going around a few drainages. Took about 2 hours from Belknap FR 123 trailhead to summit of Delano, and maybe 45 mins to descent to my truck.
Hiked Delano and Mine Camp since I was camped relatively close at Yuba State Park. I wrote up a trip report for both here: http://www.summitpost.org/delano-and-mine-camp-peaks/980234
Went up looking for some summer snow to ski! Found a great 1000 foot line departing from just below the summit!
I had driven by this peak several times over the years on the way to more enticing mountains but this peak is too tall and prominent to ignore. A trip to Zion got me within striking distance, so I drove up and dashed up the trail. There is now a huge sign on top which is really sort of ridiculous. The hiking at least on a summer or fall day is trivial. As others have noted, some of the slightly lower peaks in the Tushars appear to be more interesting but I was short on time and had to get back to Zion. Certainly very nice views and some fall color.
Very easy hike and very unique landscape.
A cute baby goat near the top
Hiked up with the family from pullout near Poison Creek. Beautiful views! Saw a coyote and some mountain goats.
Not difficult hike. The first half of the trail looks like you are following the tire treads of a jeep. There are a few steep walking sections. The ground is scattered with somewhat large rocks, so hiking down left me fearful of turning an ankle.
Super pretty! You can see well into Capitol Reef from the summit. Such a gentle giant.
There's a new trailhead sign passed Big John Flat that takes you directly up the ridge. It took our small group a little more than an hour to reach the summit from this trailhead. We saw bambies and goats up there and the weather was really good for July. Gorgeous views all around from the summit. I would love to ski down this thing in winter.
Parked on the road between Griffith and Poison Creeks. Took the ridge all the way up, then continued on to Holly. The only mountain goats we saw were really far away. This part of Utah is so scenic.
I hiked up Big John Flat road from the lower gate. Above 9700' the road was completely covered in snow. Followed the road to Griffith Creek where I cut up to the ridge. Lots of snow in the meadows and on the slopes but not much on the ridge. Spectacular scenery. The only wildlife I saw today was a porcupine.
9/24/2013 From Big John Flats I drove up the dirt road to about 11,200 feet before finding a good place to park. From there I headed up and over the ridge and worked my way over to Mount Belknap. From Belknap I returned to the section of ridge above my car and headed up to Delano Peak. Unbelievable country, hiking across the tundra towards Delano Peak was a very drastic change to the talus laden ridges and slopes leading to Mount Belknap. Perfectly clear day with outstanding views. The fall colors, looking down canyon, were some of the best I've seen.